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Fletcher and Bowman

In the early 90s that pairing would have been deadly. Now one or the other could serve to save the Leafs from further decline. Granted, there is not that far to go but that just means that there is a tonne of room for improvement.

I think that everyone that saw the Hockey Night in Canada interview with Scotty Bowman in which he basically outlined how the board structure (ie Tanenbaum v. Peddie) left him befuddled just as he was about to accept a job as the head of the Leafs' hockey operations. Despite being jerked around by Dick Peddie he seemed to still be interested:

That's a pretty tough question to answer right now because you're asking something that's real hypothetical. It would be awful tough to leave Detroit right now. That's where I want to win. We'll cross that bridge if we get to it, though.

To someone who follows soccer that is what is known as a come-get-me-plea. Bowman cannot come out and actively campaign for the job but he leaves it up to MLSE to go after him.

Or not.

I don't think they're going to do anything at all. There's nothing anybody can do there now, anyways. The season is past the halfway point. I haven't talked to them since the beginning of August.

Oh that coy Scotty. He's telling MLSE that things are so terrible that he needs to be hired ASAP before it's too late for next season too. Or he's tired of the shenanigans and will not consider any offer.

And if he doesn't, Bob McKenzie is reporting that Cliff Fletcher is being asked about being a caretaker for the remainder of the season. I am not too sure if we want Mr. Draft Schmaft running things but he did get the Leafs to two Conference Finals. Presumably he'd have limited powers until the Leafs could hire a President of Hockey Operations in the summer from a broader pool of candidates. Oh, and they have to fire Richard Peddie.

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